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West Virginia’s former OC on Will Grier’s background in Patriots’ offense & QB’s ‘uncommon maturity’

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If the Patriots are in the market for a quarterback in this year’s draft, West Virginia’s Will Grier already has a head start on their offense.

The West Virginia quarterback told reporters at the combine the Mountaineers “built (their) offense off a lot of what” the Patriots do in college.

“Honestly, Jake Spavital, my OC at West Virginia, watched a lot of Patriots film and built our offense off a lot of what they (do),” Grier said last month at the combine. “Obviously, different terminology, but we would see stuff and be like, ‘We’re going to do that.’ Tom Brady does all right. So, we watched a lot of Tom Brady film.”

“In 2017, we were very wide-spread oriented, which is kind of what Spav brought to the game from other places he’s been. It’s different. A lot what we did with the Patriots was we saw they were doing a lot of tighter split stuff, and they were getting free releases with guys, working isolations and different routes all the way across the field.”

And in a conversation with Spavital, the former West Virginia OC backed up a lot of what Grier said, acknowledging that if the Patriots went after Grier in this year’s draft, they’d get a guy who is well-schooled in a lot of the tendencies favored by the New England passing game.